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Spartanburg Co. deputies investigate Inman child care facility

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Deputies are investigating allegations of possible child abuse at Main St. USA in Inman. (July 31, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputies are investigating allegations of possible child abuse at Main St. USA in Inman. (July 31, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Deputies are investigating allegations of possible child abuse at Main St. USA in Inman. (July 31, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputies are investigating allegations of possible child abuse at Main St. USA in Inman. (July 31, 2014/FOX Carolina)
INMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg County deputies confirmed they are investigating an Inman child care facility after allegations of abuse.

Lt. Kevin Bobo said in a media release that a concerned mother contacted the sheriff's office about possible child abuse at Main St. USA on E. Main Street on Wednesday night.

According to Bobo, the mother's juvenile son told her how some of the children at the facility were being mistreated.

Bobo said the mother allowed the child to take her mobile phone with him to the child care facility, and he was successful in recording some incidents.

The location doesn't need to be licensed by the Department of Social Services because it is supposed to be a summer camp/after school program, according to Bobo.

He said the case was assigned to a Special Victim's Unit investigator, who responded to the location with other investigators on Thursday afternoon.

From observing the video filmed by the child, deputies were under the impression that approximately 20 children were attending the program, Bobo said. He said when they arrived, they found nearly 50 children inside the facility.

Bobo said the investigators learned Main St. USA is affiliated with Jack-N-Jill's Small World on Anderson Street in Inman, and children were being shuttled between the two locations, which are a half mile apart.

Because Jack-N-Jill's Small World is licensed by the Department of Social Services, Bobo said they were notified along with the building codes office of Spartanburg County, due to Main St. USA not being enough to house that many children.

Investigators have contacted all of the children's parents and informed them of the allegations when they arrived to pick up their children, Bobo said.

Bobo emphasized that the investigation is in its infancy stages due to the number of children involved is much larger than originally believed.

He said the parents of the children involved needed time to talk with the children to learn if they have been a victim. Forensic interviews with the Children's Advocacy Center may be required, he said.

According to Bobo, both female employees with allegations against them have been fired by the owner.

The child care facility released the following statement on the accusations:

"Jack-N-Jill's Small World has operated as a small business in Inman for nearly forty years and, throughout that time, our top priority has always been the safety and well-being of the children who have been entrusted to our care. We were deeply saddened to learn of the alleged actions of two individuals, which are now the subject of investigation. If true, these actions are reprehensible and run counter to our values as well as the basic standards of human decency. We have terminated the two persons involved and will act to assist the investigation in any way that we can. If necessary, we will participate in the prosecution of the two individuals. Going forward, we are determined to ensure that such an incident is never repeated and we will work diligently to ensure that our businesses are operated in accordance with the values that our parents and children have come to know throughout our history"

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